Among the class transported to another world, Nagumo Hajime is an ordinary male student who didn't have ambition nor aspiration in life, and thus called "Incompetent" by his classmates.
The class was summoned to become heroes and save a country from destruction. Students of the class were blessed with cheat specifications and cool job class, however, it was not the case with Hajime, with his profession as a "Synergist," and his very mediocre stats.
"Synergist," to put it in another word, was just artisan class. Being the weakest, he then falls to the depth of the abyss when he and his classmates were exploring a dungeon. What did he find in the depth of the abyss, and can he survive?
Should I start this manga? That's the question that always plagues my mind when trying to find something to read while waiting for my beloved stories to be released.
-Moderate Spoilers- (If you don't want a quick plot overview skip down to the pros and cons)
The story starts off with MC-kun along with his class being transported to another world (Isekai, who'd have thought it) where they are to be collectively trained up in order to save the world from other beings. Unfortunately for MC-kun, he is betrayed along his journey and finds himself inside what would be a bottomless dungeon, the story follows his grind
to get out and find out who betrayed him. Sounding pretty good so far for the start-up, looking like a decent isekai lets see how it pans out.
MC-Kun drudges through challenge after challenge with the core idea to survive and be reunited with his allies, during this trip he finds another companion who vows to help him in said quest in exchange for free'ing them from their binds.
They continue on their merry way until they reach the end of the dungeon. This is where the shit hit the fan. Chapter 14.5 quickly wrapped up what should have been 2-4 chapters in only a couple of pages, and from there the entire setting, character design, goals and ideals, just changed. It was really weird when it happened because i re-read that chapter about 3 times not being able to figure out if I'd missed something or it was just poor story telling. From here on it was just your standard bland emotionless MC who finds and saves girls for his harem while one shotting his way to victory.
Interesting start for an Isekai
Difficult and gritty goal set
After chapter 14.5 the entire thing just fell apart
Goal was completely dropped
New sub plot was shoved in
Isekai Death-Pit (Where something that should occur over 2-5 chapters is shoved into 2 pages and explains why the MC deus ex machina'd their way into being either OP or not dead, i.e poor writing)
Will I continue to read it?
No, it started out very well and I was reading it eagerly as it came out, but after chapter 14.5 where the Isekai death-pit standard of time leap followed by over-buffing without explanation it became drool, that paired with the original goal and problems being forgotten like they never happened made it a drop for me. I did read on into the "new" plot but it was a major buzz kill for me.
This story is an exploration of hope and despair, a journey to its extremity for those betrayed. Bewarn, our MC is a total opposite from the typical heroes found in other Manga. He is just an average boy with below average ability. But this is what makes the story an interesting read. How is the author going to narrate a story of a bullied victim, ridiculed and harassed by classmates, a below average boy that's abandoned and friendless, who's buried deep in the pit of doom?
I did find the pacing to be very fast, perhaps too fast.
I don't think enough time was given to develop the character and backstory. Also, the MC not going the vengeance route might not sound logical, but with further thoughts I realize he did found hope in returning home, so it's actually rather appropriate he focus on this positive resolve. In similarity the MC likens more toward Captain America than Spiderman.
Let's see, the enjoyment would be a 7 but if I were to rate it overall, I'd properly give it a 5 or a 6. Why? Read below.....
*Also MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD*
1. Firstly, the MC's going with this whole "betrayal" theme here, although I didn't see anyone actually betraying him. I understand that he hates his classmates but when he's going of tangent that they betrayed him, it doesn't make sense at all. Because of the whole betrayal thing, he's become dark and everything but it all feels so fake, it doesn't have any substance at all(because there's no betrayal). If anything, they were actually
trying to help him.
2. Also, I don't what's going on, but it appears the creators think that either all the readers are kids or either they're targeting them, either way the MC's appearance becomes really annoying. It was cool at first, white hair, black veins on his face but then he got a mechanical arm and suddenly he had one of those detective outfits with a tie tucked into a long coat, SPOILER----and he also had one eye. I mean, what are they going for with this appearance, it's clearly overkill.
3. Bringing the present to their world. What do I mean? Imagine a medieval world with horse drawn carriages, those medieval like buildings, adventure guilds...all that sort of stuff, now imagine our glorious MC fucking riding on a bike through this place. Honestly, I face palmed so hard. He even has guns that operate like railguns, and hammers that fucking shoot missiles and can change their length. Facepalm again.
4. Also, no explanation of his abilities at all. He suddenly starts eating monster meat and gains their powers...what? Does that mean that if the other heros or even the villagers starting eating the meat they gain such powers? Doesn't that mean that MC is basically powerless if that's the case and if it isn't, where's the explanation?
5. Then, any romance at this point feels so weird. The MC, reminds me of some fifty-something cowboy riding off into the dust or something with his current appearance ; imagine if one of his 15 year old classmates started dating him...it feels really weird.
6. The breakdown scene before he becomes his current self doesn't make sense at all. Like with the whole betrayal thing, no substance at all. It goes something like this " I don't wanna die...I don't wanna die...I wanna die...I want to go home...I'm going to kill everyone who stands in my way" He just gets up suddenly like that and starts talking, personally, this made absolutely no sense. If it was coupled with actual betrayal then it probably would.
Besides that, I have no other problems. I quite like the other characters, the art and the plot.
Disclaimer: This Review contains some spoilers.This Review is not here to tell You to Read this or Not, I'm just here to give you some Insight. If you don't Want to read a long Review there's a questionnaire Down below. You Have been Warned.
Are You Looking for a good Story? Are You Tired of Trash Isekai Stories That repeat the Same Shit Over and Over again? Do you want something New, Something Fresh, Something that actually has Good Writing? well, too bad. Arifureta has none of Those. A piece of advice, If You want to Enjoy this then expect NOTHING. Seriously, that's the only way
to love this, Because Arifureta can only Be describe as as wish-Fulfillment for Teenagers. For Reference I've read The WN so this will serve as a Review for both of them.
(Is Arifureta a Good story or a Bad one? if so Does it Have Any Redeeming Features?)
Well, To be Honest Arifureta is quite entertaining when it has Visuals, But that Doesn't save the Story at all. The Story starts out quite good actually. In the first few Chapters We get to See how the MC, Hajime Feels being Labeled Weak and Inferior by his Classmates, and we get to see his thoughts and Outlook about his situation. Despite some problems, this part is the most well-written part in the First arc (Since it was still the introduction). One of the Problems I was talking about is.. Why The Hell is a Farmer better than a Synergist (AKA a Craftsman)!!? Not saying that a Craftsman is better than a Farmer, a Farmer cultivates crops for the Kingdom while a Craftsman develops equipment necessary for War,Agriculture,etc... so in conclusion their both a Good Job Class, But Somehow a Farmer has to be better for our MC to feel more pathetic. but this wasn't a Dealbreaker.
Now The story only gets better when he falls into a Labyrinth. Where, our MC loses his arm and falls into despair. Now for a younger Audience this might turn them off as they'll see our MC Get Abandoned by his classmates, Eat Raw Monster meat,Wander in a Dark hole full of monsters waiting to kill Him, and Kill anything Ruthlessly without hesitation. This was the best part cause you'll literally see our MC change to survive his current situation. So, Hows the story sounding so far? Good? too bad all good things must come to an end. What could've been a Dark, Psychological Story where the MC would struggle between becoming a Merciless Killer and Keeping his Humanity devolves into some Harem Trash story where Our MC Just pull pranks on his Harem. Now this Tonal shift would've been bearable if it had kept it's quality, but It only got worst. Our MC's main objective which was "Going home no matter what" actually seems secondary to "Let's explore the world with my Harem" which is pretty stupid considering what He went through. The Fans defend this monstrosity by saying nonsense like "Arifureta was never a Revenge/Survival story, It was a story on how The MC lost his humanity and got it back". well if we put it That way it all makes sense now. Just one thing doesn't add up... Do you really need a Harem for that kind of story? You can make a story like that with Our MC just changing bit by bit because of the people He met during his journey, But Nooo, We need a Waifu bait Harem for Neckbeards to enjoy and the author actually thought that disguising this as a "Regaining one's Humanity" story would make it better. And don't even expect that our MC Changes in a Subtle way, because the way he Changes is soo predictable that you'd actually see it if you analyze the story.There are Plenty of Plot Holes too!!
But Arifureta does have some good points, Like It's good that the MC had a Change of heart and Became less Evil,But the story is still too horrible for you to enjoy it. But I could've forgive Arifureta's poor writing if it had compensated with some Beneficial knowledge or Realistic Thinking, but it didn't compensate, it just Went on to becoming MC having a Change of Heart.
Unto the Harem, There's no hint of actual romance between them and the MC. Despite having Sex with some of them, it Lacked proper Romantic Build-up and good chemistry to give it any Substance. To summarize Arifureta's story is just.. Sad, It's so Pathetic it's Sad.
(Are The Characters any better?)
Though the Characters do Develop in the Long run, their development wasn't enough to save the story. The Main Characters is inconsistent and Other Characters Seem more like Plot Devices Than Actual Characters. The side characters were mostly there to react to a given Situation. Though it was good that They placed The Heroines in the Stoplight at Times It's still irrelevant. So I'll Only Be Discussing 3 Characters.
Hajime - The Main Character of the Story, He can Make High-Tech Weapons and Tools Without an Engineering Background. At first He was the Typical Weakling who was an Otaku shunned upon and Didn't fit in. He fell into a Hole where he was Abandoned by his Classmates And underwent a Metamorphosis To adapt to his situation. Personality-wise Hajime is quite inconsistent At first he was The Typical Weakling then to A Ruthless Killer To a 6 Year old Child who only Poses as a Badass and Pulls pranks on His Harem To "My Hearth is Healed now, I'm not Evil anymore." In terms of Appearance, Oh Boy... Hajime Has the worst Character Design unfitting for this Kind of Story. First of all, He has Spiky White Hair (Okay seems Normal), And has Only One Eye (Umm..Strange, But could be Cool), Now He wears some Van Hellsing-esque clothes Wearing a Bolo Tie (Whoa...) and He has a Giant Mechanical Arm that has a Grapling Hook,Super Strength,etc (Okay, Now that's Stupid), But Wait! For the Cherry on Top (Wait What?!) He has A Magical/Mechanical(?) Glowing Eye that can locate anything's Mana pool (Great...Brilliant). I'm thinking that the author is a Kid because Hajime's Appearance is exactly a Kid's interpretation of "Cool", And Why Does he have such An Advance Mechanical Arm? HYDRA had Top-class scientist and The best They could offer Winter Soldier was a METAL ARM!!It Doesn't Make Sense! His The Center of Development and only ever Changes Because he's put into Situations to Force him to Change. Don't Expect Anything From his Character He's a Let Down.
Yue And Shia - Unimportant Girls who Are Fighting For Hajime's Dick. Yue Is Devoted to Hajime, But That's it. She Was given a Water gun with an unlimited supply of Water That Shoots high Pressurize Water!! By none other than Hajime.. Wait What??!! You're Breaking the Laws of Physics! Shia Develop in the Long-Run and Contributes to the Story, But That's not Enough to save it. She was Given an Extending Hammer that has Thrusters by Hajime... Really It's soo Stupid I don't have The Energy Left to Complain.
Here's a Questionnaire to Determine how Likely you Are to like Arifureta (Just Answer Yes/No)
1.Can You Tolerate Unnatural Tonal Shifts?
2.Do You like Waifu-Bait Harem?
3.Are You New to the Isekai Genre?
4.Are You Unfamiliar with Bad Writing?
If You Answered Yes to 4/3 Questions them you're more likely to like this. If You Answered Yes to 2 Questions then You're less likely to like This. And If You Answered Yes to 1 Question then You're least likely to like this. and if you Answered No to all the Questions then Stay away From this.
In Conclusion: Arifureta is a Poorly Written Story with just some small twist. Though it's quite Beginner Friendly, I don't suggest you Pick this Series up As you Could be Readinga Much Better Series. Any way It's your Choice.